An important detail in a devastating article about the trafficking of Iraq’s girls and women:
“I deal with all these pimps and sex traffickers,” Rania says, covered in black, with black, lacquered fingernails and gold bracelets. “I don’t tell them I’m an activist, I tell them I am a sex trafficker. This is the only way for me to get information. If they discover that I’m an activist I get killed.” In one harrowing experience, Rania and two other girls visited a house in Baghdad’s Al-Jihad district, where girls as young as 16 were held to cater exclusively to the U.S. military. The brothel’s owner told Rania that an Iraqi interpreter employed by the Americans served as the go-between, transporting girls to and from the U.S. airport base. Rania’s co-workers covertly took photos of the captive teenagers with their mobile phones, but were caught. “One girl went crazy,” Rania recalls. “She accused us of spying. I don’t know how we escaped,” she exclaims …
“Many factors combined to promote the rise of sex trafficking and prostitution in the area,” a Norwegian Church Aid report said last year. “The US-led war and the chaos it has generated; the growing insecurity and lawlessness; corruption of authorities; the upsurge in religious extremism; economic hardship; marriage pressures; gender based violence and recurrent discrimination suffered by women; kidnappings of girls and women; the impunity of perpetrators of crimes, especially those against women; and the development of new technologies associated with the globalisation of the sex industry.”
When someone sells out their people and their homeland to invaders by interpreting for them it’s no surprise they sell their own sisters’ flesh. The moral culpability for the wretched life trafficked Iraqi females endure falls not only on the Iraqi interpreters who worked with the US occupation on the field but also on the Washington House Arabs who advocated for the war and gave it an Arab face and continue to grovel to the war machine that caused so much destruction and devastation.
It follows that House Arabs cannot be expected to oppose the miserable lives trafficked Iraqi women suffer because they themselves are complicit. It is logically impossible to invite or be hosted by war criminals and hold them accountable at those meetings. As they dine with war criminals, House Arabs and House Muslims cannot realistically be expected to sully their moods with even the thought of female war victims.